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Work With Cars and Help the Environment With Emissions Certifications

5 JAN 2013
Career Path : Automotive

Minimizing car emissions is an important component of greenhouse gas reduction plans. While car manufacturers are engineering increasingly fuel-efficient vehicles, the emissions-reduction systems of those vehicles still require regular maintenance. If you love cars and want to do your part to help the environment, you may want to consider taking courses to become an Emissions Testing Inspector or an Emissions Testing Repair Technician.

There are two critical components to the inspections: understanding the technology, and knowing how to use the testing equipment. An Emissions Testing Inspector Certification or an Emissions Testing Repair Technician Certification will provide you with the knowledge you’ll need to understand both. Given by many automotive schools, the certifications are becoming increasingly popular as the concern over overly polluting, poorly maintained cars increases.

The Testing Inspector Certification trains students on the various methods used to evaluate a car’s emissions. The training typically covers the following topics:

  • Understanding air pollution
  • Overview of emissions testing
  • The inspection process
  • Understanding repairs and retests
  • Completing forms and procedures
  • Overview of the program auditing process
  • Customer relations

Conversely, Repair Technician Certification graduates finish their studies knowing how to repair a car’s faulty emissions systems. Topics covered under this certification include:

  • Understanding emissions theory
  • Understanding the five gasses used in diagnosis
  • Understanding the relationship between the five gasses
  • Understanding the stoichiometric fuel ratio
  • Understanding the lambda fuel aspect
  • Strategy-based diagnostic procedures
  • Application of emission analysis for diagnosis and repair
  • Emission repairs versus drivability repairs

Training for both certifications is very hands on. Students have the opportunity to practice on demo cars to further their practical knowledge of emissions theory. During the entire training process, students interact with highly knowledgeable and experienced trainers. In addition to this contact with teachers, all graduates of Emissions Testing Inspector Certificates and Emissions Testing Repair Technician Certificates receive an examination and training manual that becomes their primary reference material for their certification.

Graduates of Testing Emissions Inspector Certificates and Testing Emissions Repair Technician Certificates have the opportunity to work at a variety of locations, including garages, dealerships, and emissions inspectors. With the importance of the environment increasing in the public’s eye, the value of these certifications should only increase.

If you love cars and want to help the environment, consider enrolling in one of these two exciting certificates. It just may be the best way for you to make a difference in the world, and work with cars.

Contact The Canadian Automotive & Trucking Institute for more information on their Emissions Testing Inspector Certificates and Emissions Testing Repair Technician Certificates.